Fire rav­aged run

Kers­brook Tid­dlers Ride

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port and pho­tos Brian Forth

15 Fe­bru­ary 2015 – Kers­brook SA

We had nearly heat wave rid­ing weather with the tem­per­a­ture around 37c, but this didn’t stop the usual sus­pects and a few oth­ers ven­tur­ing out for a ride. We ar­rived at Kers­brook in an or­derly man­ner and by 9.30 we had about 20 bikes and rid­ers present. Ian Hese gave a brief de­scrip­tion of the run and when Ian men­tioned we turn left at Cock­a­too Val­ley and travel to Lyn­doch, Pud Free­man quickly piped up and said we go past the ‘nud­ist colony’ on our right. He was quickly ques­tioned why he knew so much about its lo­ca­tion, only to re­ply ‘there is a sign there’. No Pud, there is noth­ing of the sort, just a high fence. It was great to see a large num­ber of vet­eran and vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cles with a sprin­kling of later mod­els and a few mod­ern ones. Many rid­ers found the rid­ing slow but en­joy­able, the heat was try­ing, in­di­cated by the amount of wet shirts seen un­der their jack­ets. The day’s ride was in re­verse to pre­vi­ous years, which proved to be en­joy­able and at the slow speeds we were able to wit­ness the dev­as­ta­tion caused by the fire and how close it got to houses. In one pad­lock there was a small plan­ta­tion of pines, which I as­sume were for Christ­mas, but all we saw were hun­dreds of black pines in a burnt and bar­ren land­scape. Back at the Kers­brook Club, 40 mem­bers and part­ners sat down to a 2-course lunch with cool drinks, tea or cof­fee sup­plied by the ladies of the Com­mu­nity Club. On a pin board in the room were sev­eral pho­tos taken by lo­cals of the fire be­ing fought by CFS vol­un­teers. Of note, the Kers­brook CFS were called out again on Satur­day night as a gum tree had reignited as a re­sult of the Samp­son Flat fires. Last year was can­celled due to the ex­treme heat con­di­tions, this year’s was close to can­cel­la­tion, what will next year be like?

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